A pedestrian accident in Santa Ana resulted in critical injuries for a man who was struck by a van the night of November 28, 2010. The Orange County Register reports that the pedestrian was crossing the street near the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Hazard Avenue when he was hit by a van that was traveling south on Harbor. No arrests have been made pending an official investigation.
I hope this pedestrian has not sustained catastrophic injuries. I sincerely hope and pray that he recovers quickly and completely from his injuries.
Car Accident Statistics
There were 15 fatalities and 1,365 injuries involving car accidents in Santa Ana, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Also, during the same year, 152 people died and 13,414 were injured as a result of Orange County car accidents.
Fault and Liability
Based on this news report, it is not entirely clear how or why this major injury pedestrian accident occurred. Officials are still trying to determine who was at fault for this car accident. If the pedestrian was crossing in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, the driver should have yielded right-of-way under California Vehicle Code Section 21950. However, the same section of the vehicle code also requires pedestrians to exercise due care and caution. Pedestrians, for example, should not jaywalk, run across the road or walk in areas that are not designated for pedestrians.
If the driver of the van is determined to have been at fault, then he could be held liable for the victim’s serious injuries. In such cases, it would be in the best interests of the injured victims to contact a skilled Orange County personal injury lawyer, who will advise them about their legal rights and options.
A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition on the roadway may have caused or contributed to the car accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.
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